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Collaboration plan delays due to security concerns

Webroot Software : 29 April, 2009  (Technical Article)
Webroot discovers that half of IT security professionals are delaying their collaboration plans due to the security risks involved
A survey commissioned by Webroot has found that 50 percent of information security professionals intend to put plans for collaboration on hold, due to their concerns over security.

The survey also found that 25 percent will be forging ahead with collaboration plans, despite security concerns, conveying an extremely high commitment to collaboration. Only 15 percent of those surveyed had resolved their security issues and were pressing ahead with collaboration plans while the remaining 10 percent did not have collaboration plans.

Collaboration in the workplace includes the use of a broad range of tools that enable people to work together via social networking, instant messaging, wikis, video conferences and other collaboration software. The use of these tools has increased productivity and efficiencies within companies and between them, while also bringing with it the security challenges of Web 2.0 technologies.

At a Security Expert Forum on social networking and collaboration of Web 2.0 technologies held today at Infosecurity Europe 2009, Gerhard Eschelbeck, Chief Technology Officer of Webroot, says, "This survey shows us that the majority of information security professionals have concern for the security issues brought about by collaboration. This is understandable, because although productivity gains from collaborative working can be substantial, it can leave organisations exposed. With the advent of interactive Web 2.0 technologies, malware purveyors have more opportunities to insert their programs onto Web sites and spread them to users worldwide. However, we advise companies to embrace collaboration, but deal with security in advance. "

Paul Simmonds, Jericho Forum board member and Global IS Integrated Assurance Director of AstraZeneca, said, "A quarter of those surveyed will proceed with collaboration, despite security concerns, which is a major indication that collaboration is a prominent direction for business, even those who have not yet addressed security. However, to collaborate securely requires a supportive architecture. The Jericho Forum continues to express the importance of 'Collaboration Oriented Architectures' to ensure secure operations in externalised collaborative environments. Without that foundational work in place, many companies may choose to implement insecure solutions."

The Security Expert Forum delved into the security issues being faced by organisations that collaborate using Web 2.0 technologies and addressed the management of internal and external threats, including those posed by employees. The session highlighted the options available to businesses to implement trusted software solutions to ensure a secure environment, and thus enable them to progress with collaboration plans.

On Stand G10, Webroot will demonstrate its newest additions to its award-winning Software-as-a-Service technologies, including the latest releases of both Webroot Web and Email Security SaaS.
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